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ESO awarded "Community Relations of the Year" for 2020 by ICO
For immediate release
March 1, 2020
ICO Awards Committee, Gregory Clemons, Chair
Illinois Council of Orchestras Announces Annual Awards
The Illinois Council of Orchestras is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of its annual awards for excellence in the field of music performance and for support of musical organizations. An awards panel of judges drawn from the Illinois Council of Orchestras Board of Directors and independent professional conductors and musicians reviewed nominations representing orchestras, youth orchestras, and chamber ensembles from throughout Illinois.
The 2020 ICO Awards:
Professional Orchestra of the Year
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Stilian Kirov, Music Director
Community Orchestra of the Year
Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Bruce Briney, Music Director
Board President of the Year
David Leehey, President, The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest
Executive Director/General Manager of the Year
Donna Milanovich, Chicago Philharmonic
Programming of the Year
New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt, Artistic Director & Conductor
Community Relations of the Year
Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Eckerling, Music Director
Volunteer of the Year
Anthony Riani, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Council of Orchestras was founded in 1974 with a mission:
• to encourage, promote, and assist orchestras throughout the State of Illinois
• to promote an exchange of information among members, including providing consultants and speakers
• to hold educational conferences for member organizations, including musicians, staff, boards, volunteers, and audiences.
Presentation of the ICO Awards will take place during March through July 2020 at local concerts and other events of the winning orchestras. Information about the Illinois Council of Orchestras is available at: www.ilcouncilorchestras.org
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Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!
Friday, October 23 at 1:30 pm
Enhance your concert experience with a sneak preview — Composers come alive and their passions take center stage when ESO General Manager David Ellis and ESO Maestro Lawrence Eckerling take you on an insider’s tour of the history and highlights behind the music.
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Friday, October 23 at 1:30 pm,
The Merion Crystal Ballroom at
1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 847-562-5318.
Light refreshments will be served and casual tours of newly renovated apartments will be available after the program.